CHRIS AGEE was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University and since 1979 has lived in Ireland. He is the author of three books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992), First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003) and Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), as well as the editor of Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe, 1998, Poetry Society Recommendation), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University Press, 2008, and Salt, 2011), and The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and Scotland (Irish Pages, 2013). He guest-edited a “Special Double Issue on Contemporary Irish Poetry” for Poetry (Chicago) in 1995, and a “Special American Issue” of Poetry Ireland Review in 1994. He has recently edited Balkan Essays by Hubert Butler, published by The Irish Pages Press in autumn 2016.  His fourth collection of poems, Blue Sandbar Moon, is forthcoming.

His poetry appears in the seminal Bloodaxe anthology, The Hundred Years’ War (2014) and Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art (Thames & Hudson, 2014), among nine others. A Bosnian translation of Next to Nothing, Gotovo ništa, funded by Ireland Literature Exchange, appeared in 2011. He holds dual Irish and American citizenship, and spends part of each year at his house on Korcula, near Dubrovnik, in Croatia. Next to Nothing was shortlisted for the 2009 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, funded by the Poet Laureate and organized by the Poetry Society in London.


KATHLEEN JAMIE was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. She is the author of ten collections of poems, most recently The Tree House (Picador, 2004: winner of the Forward Prize and Scottish Book of the Year), Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead: Poems 1980-94 (Bloodaxe Books, 2002: shortlisted for the 2003 International Griffin Prize), The Overhaul (Picador, 2012: shortlisted for the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize, winner of the 2012 Costa Poetry Award), and The Bonniest Companie (Picador, 2015). Her non-fiction work includes Among Muslims (Sort of Books, 2002), Findings (Sort of Books, 2007) and Sightlines (Sort of Books, 2012: joint winner with Robert McFarlane of the 2013 Dolman Travel Award, winner of 2014 John Burroughs Award and the 2014 Orion Book Award). In 2017, she received the Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society for “outstanding creative writing at the confluence of travel, nature and culture.” She is Chair of Creative Writing at Stirling University, and lives with her family in Fife. 


CATHAL Ó SEARCAIGH was born in 1956 and raised in Meenala, near Gortahork, an Irish-speaking district in Co Donegal. His 15 poetry collections published over 40 years are Miontraigéide Chathrach agus Dánta Eile (Cló Uí Chuirráin, 1975), Tuirlingt (Carbad, 1978), Súile Shuibhne (Coiscéim, 1983), Suibhne (Coiscéim, 1987), the bilingual An Bealach ’na Bhaile/Homecoming (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 1991), Ag Tnúth Leis an tSolas (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 1993), Na Buachaillí Bána (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 1996), the selected Out in the Open (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2000), Caiseal na gCorr (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2002), Na hAingle ó Xanadú (Arlen House, 2005), Gúrú i gCluídíní (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2006), An tAm Marfach ina Mairimid (Arlen House, 2011), Aimsir Ársa (Arlen House, 2013), Na Saighneáin (Arlen House, 2014), and An Bhé Ghlas (Leabhar Breac, 2016). His prose works include Seal i Neipeal (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2004), Lights on Distant Hills: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and Pianó Mhín na bPreáchán (2011). He is also the author of several plays in Irish, and a selection of English translations of his poetry, By the Hearth at Mín a’ Leà (Arc), appeared in 2005. He is currently completing a novel in Irish, Thugmar Féin an Samhradh Linn. He continues to live in Meenala and is a member of Aosdána.